Volunteer to help us conserve one of the most endangered sea turtle populations on the planet.
About the Program
ICAPO is a hawksbill turtle conservation nonprofit collaborating with a network of like-minded organizations in the Pacific coastal region of the Americas. Here, hawksbills are considered to be one of the most endangered sea turtle populations in the world.
Located on the northwest pacific coast of Nicaragua, the Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve is one of the most ecologically important natural areas in Nicaragua. A large mangrove estuary surrounded by several small beach communities, it is a critically important hawksbill nesting area. Hawksbill monitoring and conservation have been taking place since April 2010.
This volunteer program is initiated with the aim to extend the unique opportunity of volunteers participating in the protection of hawksbill turtles. The projects objective is to examine the population dynamics of the hawksbill turtle on the most important hawksbill nesting beaches of the eastern Pacific coast. This unique volunteer program is one of the best opportunities to participate in a small-scale based conservation project. We strongly believe that communities are fundamental to the long-term conservation of sea turtles. By working closely with local community members who depend economically on the conservation of turtles, we harness their knowledge and maximize conservation efforts. The sea turtle monitoring program has been running since 2008. ICAPOs staff members have coordinated more than eight international volunteering programs in various Latin American countries, counting for a total of more than 15 years’ worth of experience.
During the first days of your stay, you will receive a full training in biology of sea turtles and field methodology. We are looking for people who are self-motivated, conservation-minded, and who are able to get along well with others. A positive and hard-working attitude and a love for the outdoors are a must. Any health problem must be communicated before making the application.
Usual working days are from Monday - Saturday for 8 hours daily including the following tasks.
Our project station is located in a very small fishermen community. It is apeninsula n the core zone of Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve. Mangroves, pristine channels with lots of species of birds, reptiles, molluscs and crustaceans. Have a walk and admire the lovely landscape formed by the estuary and the surrounding nature is a must. Birding, hiking the tropical dry forest, horseback riding or practice artisanal fishery with local people are some spare time activities. Otherwise a good option is just relax and dream the day away in a hammock.
We also have travel packages available. This may be good option for you to arrive safe and quick at the project site. It includes: